November 13th, 2009
08:49 PM ET
12 years ago

Tea Party organizer vows to burn Pelosi and Perriello in effigy

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Pelosi will be burned in effigy at a Tea Party rally in Virginia next week, the event's organizer told CNN."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The organizer of a "Tea Party" protest in Virginia says he intends to move forward with plans to burn House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Tom Perriello in effigy next weekend at a rally to protest Democratic health care legislation.

The event is scheduled for next Saturday in Danville, which borders North Carolina and sits at the southern end of Perriello's congressional district. Perriello, a Democrat, narrowly won his House seat in 2008 and is considered a top target of Congressional Republicans in next year's midterm elections.

When news of the rally surfaced Friday, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen condemned the plans as "shocking and despicable."

But Nigel Coleman, the organizer of the Tea Party, told CNN he doesn't see what all the fuss is about. The attention, he said, should be on the Democratic plans to overhaul the health care system.

"We're not going to actually set Perriello on fire or Mrs. Pelosi on fire," Coleman said. "But we have been trying to months to get our point across just how vehemently we are opposed to this health care legislation. For the House vote to come so close and to know that Mr. Perriello is on the other side, it's a kick in the stomach that a lot of people couldn't take."

Coleman said none of Perriello's potential Republican challengers have been invited to the event, which he expects will draw about 100 people.

"Something shocking and despicable is how they've handled this health care legislation," Coleman said, responding to Van Hollen's statement. "Going behind closed doors, writing a bill that is going to fundamentally change what America is. More people are going to be killed by this health care legislation than this bonfire."

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soundoff (333 Responses)
  1. L. Song

    Ah violence as a response to disagreement – that is what got things going in Rwanda and Bosnia. Stop it republicans. Stop hating on everybody who does not do what you want. You are sewing the seeds of hatred in America – that is not democratic.

    And, why do you defend millionaire insurance companies against the PEOPLE of America? Why, when you want a war, there seems to be all the money in the world – I saw no tea parties when Bush was shipping billions to Iraq for a fake war. But whenever there is something the regular people need – like health care of good schools you always scream that it is too expensive.

    I hope you enjoy YOUR cadillac health care – I am sure you are a millionaire – and if not – I and other tax payers are footing the bill for your goodies – so where are ours?

    November 13, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Joshua College Station Texas

    Uh, loko.

    Sounds like terrorism to me.

    November 13, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. G. R. Crisp

    Honestly, it's like watching a bunch of toddlers, throwing fits because they love the attention and escalating constantly to ensure a steady flow. While the base comedy of their actions can be entertaining, really, after a certain time one gets tired of childish antics. Can we please, please, please just send the Teabaggers to the corner for a time out? It's past time.

    November 13, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. Yanna

    Wow...sounds like the Tea Party is the New KKK

    November 13, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. Carlston

    "To burn Pelosi and Perriello in effigy"
    Ok kids, that's a nice bit sign of violence against someone. It's cute for the thrid world countries but this is America....
    Maybe you need to understand what that image's not we don't like you, It's we want to kill you in meaning.

    It's like flipping someone off because everyone else does it...but with a bit more... implications.

    Grow up.

    November 13, 2009 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. ncjd

    Yeah, you foolish tea party juveniles will persuade a lot of people to "think" like you in time for the next election. Morons.

    Nigel probably has good health insurance through his employer. In typical right wing conservative tea party fashion, he has gotten his, and therefore he could not care less about the rest America.

    November 13, 2009 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  7. Mike

    I don't see why they don't just tell the truth. It has nothing to do with health care legislation, ask any constituent why they are against it and they will shill you with nonsensical talking points straight from the right's echo chamber.

    It is all about their lack of control and lack of power in the government. It's about being a bunch of sore losers.

    They are willing to bring down the entire country if they don't get their way. It's all far too obvious, sad, and dangerous.

    November 13, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. Allen L Wenger

    These tea baggers remind me of the rabble that live in a third world country. I lived in south America in the 70's and these tea baggers have the exact same mentality. The Liberals are holding free clinics for the uninsured and these people are burning effigies. Which side would you want to associate with?

    November 13, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  9. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    How many times did I see the likeness of Bush burned, lynched, and flogged? Did CNN have a problem with it? Noooooooooooooo. Once again, CNN rushes to the defense of their allies on the far left.

    November 13, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  10. Mobius

    Bravo! They can use the 2000+ page bill to start it up. Need a match?

    November 13, 2009 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  11. john sims

    I'm from that region of VA and I'm glad to say that I don't live there anymore. Its the small minded good ol' boy mentality that has driven central and southwest VA into an economically and socially depressing place to be.

    November 13, 2009 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  12. taylor from dallas

    You really want to know what a kick in the stomach is? It is that over half of Americans favor the public option but Republicans are so set on their old obsolete ideals that they will ignore what the people want. Instead of protesting in a offensive manner. This idiot should get together with is fellow idiots and come up with their idea of how to save healthcare instead of uselessly protesting.

    November 13, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  13. Mac

    Just a little more, they'll become Talibans!

    November 13, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. A. Smith

    It seems rather typical that Tea Party wing-nuts better known as the Republican Party faithful want to burn women at the stake, even if its only in effigy.

    Women should leave the Republican party, why be filled with shame and remain?

    November 13, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. Enforcer

    The police should club the crap out of these people at the rally, then that would be the end of the tea baggers. These clowns need to get a life!

    November 13, 2009 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. A weary Independent

    What can you expect from a bunch of teabagger crazies? The Refuseniks are trying to forment rebellion in the United States. The real terrorists are the Republicans and their leaders.

    November 13, 2009 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  17. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    what a pack of morons

    November 13, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  18. Michael Jones

    Because nothing says "reasoned discourse" and "rational thought" like burning someone in effigy. Way to make your point with the same rhetoric as hysterical mobs.

    November 13, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  19. Mark, Phoenix

    The Teabaggers are an unpatriotic gang of goofballs. If they hate America so much they should leave.

    November 13, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  20. Betty in Texas

    How stupid & juvenile is this effigy thing!! What a bunch of nitwits... yeah, like I'd really pay any attention to you or your message after you do something so childish.

    November 13, 2009 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  21. Jayne DePrenger

    Nov. 13, 2009

    Count me in – I wish I could be there.

    There is no one in Congress who is listening to the American people.
    We cannot afford this healthcare fiasco.

    November 13, 2009 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. John E Lexington KY

    The right wing in this country is now openly fascist. This isn't rant or hyperbole, they revel in it. Carrying guns to open forums where Obama is attending, equating health care with totalitarianism. There isn't anything that greed won't manufacture to keep it's grasp on the very people idiotic enough to spout their talking points. This is a civilized country with a society that requires government. You can adapt it, you can vote it out, you can run to be part of it but burning an occult representation of a human being because you disagree politically with her is just plain evil. It will be no great loss if the torch catches the pant leg of the bearer, not that I would wish that on any other human being. In terms of the public good, it might serve a lesson. But then there doesn't seem to be much capacity to learn there.

    November 13, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  23. James Keaney

    I can't imagine a more valuable gift to the Democratic party than the Tea Baggers. The Democratic Party strategist who developed this idea is a genius!

    November 13, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. Beverly in NC

    The lunatic tea baggers are once again going to hold another hate rally. These people are dangerous and are going to create violence at some point. The Republicans keep whipping these fringe of their Party into a hate and fear and racist frenzy. They refuse to denounce these unstable people but when these tag baggers finally commit acts of violence, the Republicans will then pretend they had nothing to do with it.

    The Republican Party are traitors to our government, to the values of the real America, and have completely betrayed their oath of office to serve the PEOPLE. They spread hate and fear on a daily basis, tell outrageous lies, and take millions of dollars, per individual Republican Congressmen, from the insurance industry to kill healthcare reform. The People may not be able to buy their vote like the insurance industry can – BUT- we have our VOTE – and we will use it to rid these disgraceful, ammoral, obstructionist Republicans from office.

    Pelosi has done an excellent job as Speaker and the Republicans are afraid of her effectiveness. That's why they constantly attack her and are urging their nutjobs to "to burn her in effigy".

    The FBI should be watching this tea bagger cult for they are as dangerous as every other domestic hate group like the Klan, Skinheads, and Military Separatists. The tea baggers are a blend of all these groups – love Nazi symbols, carry racist signs, use the Holocaust as a joke, and carry weapons to their rallies.

    The First Amendment does not protect hate speech that preaches violence. These nuts should be arrested before something tragic happens because of them.

    November 13, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. Tyron Brown

    Sad. I'm sure this will be very constructive and help our nation come together to tackle the tough issues. This kind of speech is protected, but I don't doubt they'll manage to sound shocked and surprised when they learn their actions inspired one of their own to violence.

    November 13, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
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